Want to Holiday Like You're Almost Famous? Don't Miss These Ultra Cool Beach Houses

From suites with aquamarine views to secluded seaside villas and sprawling waterfront estates, we’ve assembled an all-star line-up of stays. All you need to worry about is packing your Louis V and remembering the oversized shades.

The mansion with the golden sun on Magnetic Island

Lotus House is located smack on the shores of Horse Shoe Bay Beach, a timber castle with views across to the Great Barrier Reef. You can plunge into the pool via the airy pagoda, and then pull yourself out the other side to run right into the bay. Though why run anywhere when you can recline on plush sun lounges with iced drinks leaning distance away?

You'll never wanna leave this blue lagoon

Imagine this – you’re sitting side-by-side with your love, legs dangling in the pool and cocktails in hand. Birds chirp and waters tumble as your soundscape. You place your drink on the spa’s edge and dive to the mosaicked verge of the rainforest-enclosed swimming pool, surfacing to a stream cascading over your shoulders. You’ve arrived… at Amala Villa in Byron Bay.

Room with a view by the Bellarine Peninsula

Tuscan Getaway on Bellarine might only be a 10-minute drive from the gateway to the Great Ocean Road, but this sun-kissed villa and its A-list pool will make you feel like you’re perched atop coastal cliffs in Italy. Grab a Bellini and lounge in style like Sophia Loren by the royal blue water. We’ll salute to that. 

Total seclusion in Van Diemen’s Land 

This glass-walled beauty is suspended over the dramatic waters of the Bass Strait in a super secluded corner of East Coast Tasmania. With its heated plunge pools and fashionable lounge area serving up unreal views to clink your glasses against, Ocean Retreat is something special. Private vistas of barren coast, crashing whitewash and whale humps are best enjoyed from the floating deck; tumbler of Tassie single-malt in hand. 

Under the sea at Mission Beach

Ever wished you had your very own mermaid rock to laze on? Well at East Bedarra Island Retreat, you do. On a deck with gob-smacking views of the Great Barrier Reef, the pool area imitates its natural sea-stack surrounds. This is what pipe dreams are made of. 

You'll want to write home about this hoppin' island retreat

Close your eyes and picture gently sloping farmlands dipping into azure sea. Now open them – you’re at Tammar Ridge on Kangaroo Island, and this scene is real. The rarity of rural and coastal beauty rolled into the one frame is a total treat for the senses, and exclusively yours to enjoy.

Bling ring by the bay

Saunter onto the unspoiled sand of stunning Geographe Bay from the foreshore that sits right in front of Aqua Resort Busselton. This top-notch hideaway has all the trimmings, including a shimmering infinity pool and spa by the beach. For the ultimate in luxury, we’d recommend going for one of the beach-fronted houses with private plunge pools and uninterrupted views. 

The Big Lebowski of luxury beach houses

Situated minutes from the centre of Coolum on the saltwater soaked Sunshine Coast, Malibu Luxury Beach House is just that. This secluded palm-fringed home, with its steaming Jacuzzi, L-shaped lap pool and white marbled everything is a plastic fantastic palace fit for the famous to play. Did we mention you can hop off the back deck and land on the pristine sands of a private stretch of beach?

Point break at Margaret River 

With Western Australia’s perfect breaks at your doorstep and wine country a 10-minute trip away, you’ll be barrelled away by both waves and oak casks at The Seahorse Beach House. Prop your head over the lap pool’s edge to take in views of the sea while sipping first-rate wine. Getaways don’t get any classier than this.

Play King (or Queen) of the north 

Soaring above the well-heeled waterfront precinct of tropical Darwin sits Skytower Sea Views, a 14th floor beach pad with brag worthy views. This penthouse sized suite has a lounge area that flows onto the wraparound balcony, which means your choice of several spots to quaff martinis while cooled by the bay breeze.